It is such a waste if we spend so much time trying to please others, manage our reputations to fit into this world, be accepted by everyone and to be “normal.” But we are not of this world. We are only visitors here. If we get caught up in the materialism of this world and forget our spiritual existence we will never be able to give anything good or worthwhile to humanity, animals, the environment or the planet. When you come from a spiritual place you are centred, relaxed and at peace. You can better connect with your purpose and fulfil your destiny. Your destiny may end up nothing like you thought it would but it will be so much better. There will still be suffering and challenges to overcome because no one is immune but if you have spiritual faith and belief you can keep on going. Fear is only a thought in the mind. If you are afraid to step out of your comfort zone remember your spiritual place. You belong in this world because you exist and are a part of the planet itself. don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Dream big and keep faith that your dream will live and grow.
WHY DO PEOPLE STOP BELIEVING IN GOD?
Some of you are atheists and some of you have faith in God. You don’t need to have a bible in order to have a relationship with God but you do need to believe and have faith in the existence of a higher power. Some days it is easy to experience the presence of a great benign power and to feel loved and protected, but there are always times when doubt creeps in and you wonder how you could possibly believe in the stories in the bible. Sometimes it reads like science fiction. The bible is a record of history that was compiled by word of mouth stories handed down from generation to generation over thousands of years. It is not a magical fairytale or a collection of mythological tales. It is a library of historical records. It is not easy to interpret because word of mouth utterances are not scientifically a perfect rendering of facts. In the retelling of stories things are left out or changed by the orators. To have faith is to go back to the bible and realise that it is a guide to the best and most loving respectful way to treat others. It reminds you of all your failings and imperfections. It reminds you that you are human and that it is truly divine, a great release, to forgive yourself and others. It can be a vehicle for change and inpiration in your life. For myself, even though I have doubts sometimes, I believe that an intelligent being/entity created this world and everything in this universe because we are not capable of creating the magnitude or beauty that is present all around us. I don’t beieve it was random chance. If only we paid attention to it. Then we could stop chasing after the dissatisfaction that materialism inevitably produces and find real peace within and without.
“See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.”
God is saying here that He has not forgotten you, that he is with you all the time. Wherever and whatever you do God is watching out for you. God accompanies you wherever you go. But you need to be aware and pay attention to what God is whispering in your ear. You may receive this as a “gut feeling.” Sometimes it manifests as an uneasy sense that you should not go ahead with something. When something feels right it may or not be correct so it is best to pray and ask God for guidance. This can sometimes happen overnight or take a few days or more. Patience is a requirement in all things material and spiritual and this learning curve is one of the major reasons why we are here. If you pray regularly you will know and have confidence in the presence of God in your everyday life. A life of prayer and talking with God will give us the most fulfilled life we can have.
GOD AND POLITICS
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
If God chooses judges and authority in the land we must assume that God has chosen our government, in fact all the governments in our current world. That is, if you are a believer. You can trace this back to the old testament.
Deuteronomy 16:18 (NKJV) “You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates, which the Lord your God gives you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment.”
Are we too idealistic? When we vote we are hopeful and wait for the fulfillment of a good life that politicians say they will provide if we elect them. The Prime Minister’s after election speech always contains the words “We are a government for ALL the people.” However, it is a well known fact that there are many governments tainted by corruption, the proliferation of human rights abuses, and total disregard for respect and dignity of individuals who do not confirm or fit into societal norms eg. the disabled, ethnic minorities, the homeless etc. This renders and degrades the human condition into a poor reflection of the image of God in whose likeness we are made. That we are sinners is obvious. In this light, that we are better than we act is difficult to comprehend. Looking at the microcosm of human behaviour, it must seem confusing to many. What is the purpose of current 21st century world events in the context of God’s plan? Has free will converted success, profit and greed into a destructive hell on earth as our legacy? Materialism, per se, is not a sin just as money is not a sin by itself. These are simply useful commodities because God loves us and wants the best for us. People blame other minority groups for the now accepted “new normal” of the daily terrorist intrusion into our otherwise daily routines. The “New World Order” is wobbling on the ever shifting sands of time and already obsolete. We do not need religion to fix these problems because most of our problems were originally created falsely in the name of religion. Religious differences are still creating chaos, destruction and death. What we need is a return to living a life saturated in God. God has no religion. God does not place one religion over another. God loves everyone the same. God loves the Prime Minister you hate. God loves the irritating neighbour down the road. God loves your mother-in-law who interferes too much. (That is a very bad joke). God loves everyone equally with all of your imperfections.
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
If we could translate that kind of love to one another and embrace and forgive our imperfections we would be able to embrace everyone in every nation. Political differences could be placed into a different mix, a peaceful mix of brainstorming to give everyone a fair share of the earth’s amazing abundance. We need to slow down and work out what is truly important in our lives and our children’s lives. What will be their future? How can we ďo the right thing and have the character God wants for us? If we put God back into our life and our family’s life and place God centre stage as number one on our “to do” list we will be able to trust in God’s plan for us. We will have the power to put right all the wrongs in the world
While I am in the bath I notice how quiet it is even though the radio is on and there is always a lot of talking in the nearby kitchen. In my mind I float away somewhere else. I do not remember what happened to me a few months ago. The bathroom and the house is new, in fact it is the only house we own. Up until now we have always rented. The builder, and his family live next door. The front of the house overlooks the river and the main highway. It is a good view. What is fascinating are the jelly fish in that river. They are HUGE: over 7 metres long and about 1 metre across. If you are stung by one you will probably die. They are beautiful, translucent white, dangerous, a mesmorising sight slowly floating about in the water. Beautiful until you touch them. You can see hundreds of them in the water as you travel over the bridge. You can’t take your eyes off them. My nanna and mummy go fishing in that river most Saturday nights. They use hand lines and usually come back with a few flathead, bream or whiting and a smelly mess of tangled nylon fishing lines. Mummy painstakingly unravels the knots the next day. I try to help but I am hopeless at undoing tangles and only make the knots worse. Mum is really good at it. Must be because she sews and embroiders. She loves botany and has drawn some beautiful pictures of plants. just like a professional. She is physically with me at bathtime but her mind is somewhere else. My eyes see her wash me. I am watching the soap bubbles but my mind has floated away too. It’s like I am somewhere else watching this event from afar. I am not really in my body anymore.
Written by Carmen Verne
It has long been observed that some people are expressive, outgoing and comfortable in interacting with their surroundings – while others are reserved, quiet and more comfortable alone.
It is trueat times when extroverts utilize there energies for connecting with others, introverts utilize that for knowing themselves better.Reasons why I think introverts are better
1. They Know What They Want From Life:
There’s something to be said about someone who is secure in who they are. Introverts know what they like and don’t like. They are deeply connected with their values and know what they want to get out of life. Such strong self confidence makes one more attractive, sophisticated, and desirable.
2. Less Annoying:
It is usually seen that introverts are reserved and less annoying than extroverts they usually hang around with a few people who they know are best suited considering there own personality.
3. They are…
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